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Excitement and belief

8 April 2015

Gary Bowyer admits there's a huge buzz in the camp as the FA Cup replay with Liverpool finally comes into view.

It has been a month since the two sides played out a goalless draw at Anfield, with the anticipation steadily building ahead of tonight's quarter-final clash.

"It has been a long time since the first game where we did ourselves a hell of a lot of credit with the performance that we put out," Bowyer told Rovers Player.

"Everybody is really looking forward and is excited about the prospect of having a packed Ewood Park.

"We haven't really had much time to think about the match because this is the Championship and games come thick and fast. Even at the weekend we were playing Leeds away and that was a massive game for us. It was a great performance from us and a great result.

"As soon as that finished then obviously our attentions turned to this game.

"Of course it has been in the back of our minds, that is human nature, but the players are looking forward to testing themselves against some of the world's best players again.

"I can't praise the players enough in terms of their focus that they've had for the games in between, they've been magnificent."

Rovers go into tonight's match in good heart following their comprehensive 3-0 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, the perfect boost for the cup replay.

"There was a freshness that was needed and you saw that in the performance against Leeds," added the Rovers boss.

"To go away from home and score three very good goals, we could have scored more,  to keep a magnificent clean sheet and win the game has just given them even more of a boost. Now everyone is looking forward even more to the match.

"There is no better feeling than winning games, and so our players go into the game with great belief and great excitement."

The last remaining tickets for tonight's FA Cup replay with Liverpool have now all been sold.

There'll be a 28,000 capacity as Rovers go in search of a semi-final spot against Aston Villa at Wembley.

With the largest home attendance in almost five years fans are advised to allow plenty of time to make their journey to the ground for this evening's game.

Supporters who are collecting tickets for the match should come down early as long queues are expected at the Roverstore collection point.

For those unable to make this evening's match, the game will be live on BT Sport, with Rovers Player providing full uninterrupted online commentary.

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